Background, purpose and methodology

At the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit on 25-26 September 2015, world leaders adopted the global framework ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, which included 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The 2030 Agenda builds on the Millennium Development Goals and aims to eradicate poverty, leaving no one behind, and to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path.

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A cross-country analysis

Agreed by world leaders at the United Nations in 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which address global challenges, including poverty, inequality, environmental degradation and climate change.

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Varied focus of environmental action and prioritisation in Eionet countries

Based on an analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) on SDG progress and action for those SDGs with an environmental dimension, 27 of 39 Eionet countries declared some form of environmental emphasis related to the SDGs.

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What are the SDG-related structures and processes in Eionet countries?

Approaches to the governance of SDGs varies between Eionet countries.

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European countries lead the way on global SDG action

For the purpose of providing country-level ranking and information for all 39 countries, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network SDG Index for all UN member states is used as a reference as it provides the broadest country coverage.

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